Louis C.K. hasn’t always been lucky in life, but we’re placing our bets that 2012 could be his big year!

The ginger-haired comedian has found an outlet for his crass yet touching humor in Louie, which more or less mirrors his own life as a stand-up comic and divorced father struggling to balance being a dad with his feast-or-famine career. This marks his second Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category. So compared to veteran nominees like Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), why does Louis deserve to win this year? Let’s break it down:

His performance hits close to home
It’s one thing to be funny while playing a fictional character, but to essentially portray yourself and make people laugh is a marvelous feat. Louis has no reservations revealing some of the unsavory yet hilarious truths of parenthood. How many other shows on TV would depict a father giving his youngest daughter the middle finger after she tells him that she likes staying at mommy’s more than daddy’s?

His character’s honesty is ripe for hilarity — and a little heartbreak
The thing about Louie is that he always tries to do the right thing. But more often than not, that “right thing” leads to comical consequences. Case in point: When he confesses to his friend Pamela that he loves her, his reasons are giggle-inducing to say the least. They’re also profoundly romantic. On most other shows, Louie would get the girl. But of course he doesn’t, and it endears him to us even more.

He’s funny, of course
The beauty about the format of Louie is that it intermixes scenes of Louie performing stand-up at New York’s famed Comedy Cellar (or sometimes while on tour) with vignettes of scripted plot. The dual veins of storytelling allow Louis to showcase the talent that made him famous while giving audiences something familiar at the same time. It harkens back to a similar formula Jerry Seinfeld used in the ’90s, but with an element of emotional rawness.

Louie is far and away one of the boldest and funniest comedies on television right now. But what do you think? Should Louis get a golden statue for his efforts?

Tiffany Wan is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @tiffwanee

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